This is a book report on The Red Badge of Courage. The Red Badge of Courage shows the effect war has on man. His bravery or his cowardice doesn’t shoot from him, but is given to him at the start of war by the war itself.
The Red Badge of Courage shows the effect war has on man. His bravery or his cowardice doesn’t shoot from him, but is given to him at the start of war by the war itself. These people, if they stopped to think about it during the battle, would have observed the stupidity in their actions. They stood there and fired at each other with people dropping like flies. Normally this would cause most anyone to flee but because of the war, these military didn’t. The Red Badge of Courage thrive in deglamourizing war showing that it’s not a string of heroic acts and the heroic acts are not truly heroic acts. It shows that war is war and the soldiers are still just men who can go wild with this much stress. The book fails however at tying up the ending or actually taking us into the psyche of Henry, something this book dealt much about. This book became a classic for what it thrive in doing. It was different from other books about war by catching the actual spirit of the war.
War forces young men to grow up rapidly. Henry does some growing up. After having been veteran by combat he is better able to see the hard realities of war. His romantic, glorified dreams of battle have been crushed. Yes, Henry has grown but I think not actually changed to any great extent. In almost the final sentence of the book, Henry, having just survived a violent battle, dreams of “images of tranquil skies, fresh meadows, cool brooks—an existence of soft and eternal peace.”16 But in romanticizing and idealizing the idea of peace, he is as naive and dangerous as in romanticizing and glorifying the images of war. Creating and maintaining peace requires hard work. It surely requires those who have dreams, but also those who have two feet planted firmly on the ground. The realities of peace are at least as demanding as those of war. True heroes are those who at least excel at war while fighting to prevent war. Henry would not appear to qualify as a true hero on either level. He hasn’t changed ethically, emotionally or rationally. The same romantic dream that distorted the realities of war for him will also deform his perception of peace.
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